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SeabassOur recommended Sea Bass outfit includes a spinning rod and reel combo suitable for 20lb fused line. The optimal rod is 6’6″ to 7′ feet long with a fast to extra-fast action and capable of handling lure weights up to 3 ounces. Most anglers prefer to use 20lb fused line as opposed to 30lb fused line because the slightly decreased line diameter can provide additional casting distance when flipping small baits.

Seabass Fishing Techniques and Tips

We recommend loading the reel with 20lb fused line as opposed to braided line or mono. Fused and braided lines allow for much greater casting distance than mono. This is because is the much smaller line diameter of fused and braided lines. In addition, the fused and braided lines have virtually no stretch which allows the angler to carefully work even the most difficult lures, feel the softest hits, and easily set the hook. Fused line is preferred to braided line because it has better abrasion resistance and is less likely to form a wind knot.

Sea Bass Rigs

Diamond jigs or small bucktails tipped squid strips or artificial scented soft baits can be very effective when the fish are large and aggressive.  However, most angler prefer a two-hook bait rig.  The bait rig consists of 3ft of 30lb fluorocarbon leader attached to the main line with a 75lb barrel swivel .  The leader includes a perfection loop at the end for either a small bank sinker or a hammered diamond jig.  Two dropper loops should be tied in the leader 6 inches from either end. The rig is completed with a 4/0 offset beak bait hook on each dropper loop.  he hooks can either be tipped with squid or clam strips, or tipped with an artificial scented soft bait.  Shrimp soft baits are typically the most effective, but the mullet and grub patterns also work well.

Sea Bass Tackle Checklist

  • 6’6″ to 7′ conventional rod rated for 20lb braid and lure weights up to 1 ounce
  • Spinning reel rated for 20lb braid
  • 20lb fused line
  • 30lb fluorocarbon leader
  • 75lb barrel swivel
  • 4/o beak bait hook
  • 2oz-6oz hammered diamond jig
  • 2oz-6oz bank sinkers
  • Artificial scented shrimp soft-bait

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Tackle Recommendations
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Rods
Penn Legion Spinning Penn Legion Spinning
Inshore spinning rod - 6'6" to 8' - multiple models suitable for 6-40lb mono and 6-65lb braid - fast to extra-fast actions
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Penn Legion Spinning Penn Legion Spinning
Shimano Teramar Spinning Shimano Teramar Spinning
Inshore spinning rod - 6'6" to 8' - multiple models suitable for 6-40lb mono and 10-65lb braid - medium fast to extra-fast actions
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Shimano Teramar Spinning Shimano Teramar Spinning
Reels
Penn Spinfisher V Penn Spinfisher V
Spinning reel - models rated for 4-50lb mono and 10-80lb braid - 4.2:1, 4.7:1, 5.6:1, and 6.2:1 gear ratios - 5 ball bearings
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Penn Spinfisher V Penn Spinfisher V
Penn Conquer Penn Conquer
Spinning reel - models rated for 4-25lb mono and 8-65lb braid - 4.2:1, 4.7:1, 4.8:1, 5.8:1, and 5.8:1 gear ratios - 10 ball bearings
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Penn Conquer Penn Conquer
Shimano Spheros Shimano Spheros
Spinning reel - models rated for 6-30lb mono and 10-80lb braid - 4.6:1, 4.7:1, or 5.1:1 gear ratios - 3 or 4 ball bearings - aluminum frame - graphite side plate
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Shimano Spheros Shimano Spheros
Shimano Stradic Shimano Stradic
Spinning reel - models rated for 2-20lb mono and 10-65lb braid - 4.8:1 and 6.2:1 gear ratios - 5 ball bearings
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Shimano Stradic Shimano Stradic
Line
Berkley Fireline Fused Berkley Fireline Fused
Fused line - more resistant to nicks and abuse than braided line - blaze orange, flame green, or smoke colors - available in 6 to 30lb test and 125, 300, 1500, and 3000yd spools
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Berkley Fireline Fused Berkley Fireline Fused
Lures
Hammered Diamond Jig Hammered Diamond Jig
West End Fishing Tackle hammerred damond jig available in 4/6/8/10/12/14/16oz sizes with hooks


Hammered Diamond Jig
Berkley Gulp Mullet Berkley Gulp Mullet
Gulp Alive! Soft bait - 3" - GSSM3 - available in 12 colors - natural, action, scent and taste - irresistible swimming tail action.
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Berkley Gulp Mullet Berkley Gulp Mullet
Berkley Gulp Alive Shrimp Berkley Gulp Alive Shrimp
Gulp Alive! Soft bait - 3" - GAPSHR3 - 15 different colors - looks, feels and smells like live shrimp - extremely durable and long lasting - rig on a jig, dropper, or any way you would with live shrimp
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Berkley Gulp Alive Shrimp Berkley Gulp Alive Shrimp
Berkley Gulp Alive Grub Berkley Gulp Alive Grub
Gulp Alive! Soft bait - 1.5" - GAJJG1- available in black, chartruese, pearl, and white - proven shape and action works well for all fish - use on jigs, dropshots, and dropper loops
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Berkley Gulp Alive Grub Berkley Gulp Alive Grub
Hooks
Mustad Beak Bait Hook Mustad Beak Bait Hook
92553NP-BN - Opti-Angle Needle Point, chemically sharpened, Nor-Tempered, forged, reversed, extra strong, turned up tapered eye - Octopus style
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Mustad Beak Bait Hook Mustad Beak Bait Hook
Terminal Tackle
Mustad Rolling Swivel Mustad Rolling Swivel
77900 - Black Rolling Swivel w/round eye - available sizes/rating: 4/144lb, 6/118lb, 8/104lb, 9/77lb, 10/70lb, 12/49lb, and 14/42lb


Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon Leader Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon Leader
Fluorocarbon leader  - invisible, durable, max knot/crimp strength - clear  and disappearing pink colors - 4-200lb test and 30/100yd spools
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Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon Leader Yo-Zuri Fluorocarbon Leader
Berkley Prospec Leader Berkley Prospec Leader
Fluorocarbon leader - invisible, durable, max knot/crimp strength - clear, blue, pink, brown colors - 20-200lb test and 25/33/75/100yd coils
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Berkley Prospec Leader Berkley Prospec Leader
Other
Berkley Gulp Chum Berkley Gulp Chum
Saltwater Chum - GCBK5-V - Rapid scent dispersal for all saltwater gamefish. Ideal for fishing shallow water structure. No refrigeration needed.
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